Winter Solstice In Winter Solstice , writer- director Josh Sternfeld takes the prefab indie-flick building blocks — uncommunicative families, impacted grief, and suburban stagnation — and constructs… Winter Solstice In Winter Solstice , writer- director Josh Sternfeld takes the prefab indie-flick building blocks — uncommunicative families, impacted grief, and suburban stagnation — and constructs… 2005-04-08 R PT93M Drama Anthony LaPaglia Aaron Stanford Brendan Sexton III Allison Janney Ron Livingston Mark Webber Paramount Classics
Movie Review

Winter Solstice (2005)

MPAA Rating: R
Mark Webber, Aaron Stanford, ... | 'WINTER' FUN The strength of this New Jersey-set indie is in its chilly silences
'WINTER' FUN The strength of this New Jersey-set indie is in its chilly silences
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Apr 08, 2005; Rated: R; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Anthony LaPaglia and Aaron Stanford; Distributor: Paramount Classics

In Winter Solstice, writer- director Josh Sternfeld takes the prefab indie-flick building blocks — uncommunicative families, impacted grief, and suburban stagnation — and constructs something quite marvelous: a realistic drama that looks and feels as inevitably true and moving as a good documentary. Understatement is Sternfeld's strength: Assembling muted vignettes about a bewildered New Jersey widower (Anthony LaPaglia), his two dammed-up teenage sons (Tadpole's Aaron Stanford and Storytelling's Mark Webber, both outstanding), and a neighbor (Allison Janney) who offers sunshine, the filmmaker is at his finest when he employs silence and inaction. What doesn't happen is more moving than what does.

Originally posted Apr 06, 2005 Published in issue #815 Apr 15, 2005 Order article reprints
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